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FDA to adopt new methods to assess imported foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed a revised strategy to meet four goals in modernizing the oversight of foods imported to the U.S. The aim is to reduce the number of imported food safety issues.

Why 2018 was a bad year for food poisoning

Outbreak data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 2018 was a bad year for food safety outbreaks, one of the worst on record. The CDC investigated 28 outbreaks, much more than the eight outbreaks in 2017.

Spotlight on the recent U.S. E.coli outbreak: Interview Special

On Friday, April 13th, the Center for Disease Control confirmed the cause of a multi-state E.coli O157-H7 related to chopped Romaine lettuce. This was the second major incident in the U.S. his year. A leading researcher provides some insights.

Interview: How concerned should consumers be about Salmonella? Special

In the U.S., more than 200 million cartons of eggs have been recalled across nine states over concerns of Salmonella, with contaminated produce linked to at least 22 illnesses. How concerned should consumers be? Dr. Joseph Galati provides some answers.

Most food recalls in the U.S. are due to Listeria

New analysis shows that in the U.S. just under 550 food products were recalled. Of these, 275 were recalled due to microbial contamination. Listeria monocytogenes was the cause of 65 percent of the microbiological recalls.

Smartphone adapted to screen for food poisoning

A smartphone has been successfully adapted to screen food samples for the pathogen Escherichia coli 0517. It is hoped the speed and portability of the application will enhance food safety.

Food poisoning bacteria exerts mind control over mice

A common food bacterium has been found to alter the brains of mice, exerting a form of mind control over the rodents. The observations could actually lead to a medical innovation to assist cancer patients.

Unknown illness breaks out at Toronto college, about 200 affected

Toronto - At first it was thought food poisoning was responsible for 77 students falling ill at Toronto’s Humber College. But as food on the campus was examined and more students became sick, authorities are now not sure of the cause of the outbreak.

New types of African Salmonella trigger infection concerns

A global study of Salmonella enteritidis bacteria (which causes blood poisoning) has found three separate types of bacteria. This indicates that control of infection risks could become more complicated.

Using grocery scanners to track foodborne outbreaks

As an example of using large volumes of data for the public good, researchers have shown data collected from supermarket and grocery store scanners helps with tackling foodborne illness outbreaks and preventing food contamination.

New nano-sensor detects food poisoning organisms

There are several tests for food poisoning bacteria. However, most are limited by their sensitivity or the time taken to obtain a result. A new nano-sensor promises the delivery of a more accurate result.

Want to avoid food poisoning this summer? Try this FoodKeeper App

With the Memorial Day weekend set to begin at the end of the workday, Americans are already deep into their plans for picnics and cookouts as part of the holiday activities. The USDA reminds all of us that food safety does not take a vacation.

Clean deli slicers to reduce food poisoning

A new campaign by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on cleaning and disinfecting the meat slicers used in deli stores. These are seen as a reservoir of contamination.

Food poisoning hits over 80 Ontario child protection employees

Brantford - Between 80 to 100 employees of the Brant Family and Children’s Services in Brantford, Ontario were sickened by a food-borne illness after attending a day-long stress management conference.

Warnings issued for U.S. food safety month

Washington - September is National Food Safety month, although many of the issues raised are pertinent not only to the U.S. but also to most countries worldwide.

Americans should know that all beef has dangerous bacteria, study

Consumer Reports tested 300 off-the-shelf ground beef packages and found fecal contamination in every sample and 1 in 10 packages contained drug-resistant bacteria.

Discovering how Listeria grows on refrigerated salmon

Listeria monocytogenes, in sufficient numbers on refrigerated food, can present the serious risk of listeriosis. Researchers have been investigating the growth mechanism of the bacterium to find a way of reducing infection rates.

UK's Tesco aggressively battling Campylobacter in poultry

United Kingdom retailer, Tesco, has made some of the biggest advances among UK supermarkets in reducing Campylobacter levels in store-bought chicken. Campylobacter contamination of chicken products is a major problem in the country.

Warning as hot weather causes Salmonella infections to rise

Baltimore - Almost everyone is enjoying the hot weather that the summer brings, but not, perhaps, the odd rain shower. When enjoying food, especially outside, care must be taken with avoiding food poisoning. New research suggests a new summertime risk.

Campylobacter in UK — FSA launches 'Chicken Challenge 2015'

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K. The Food Standards Agency, in a new study estimates that 280,000 people fell ill with Campylobacter food poisoning in 2014.

Deadly extent of common food poisoning bacterium revealed

The biggest cause of food poisoning globally is the bacterium Bacillus cereus. New research suggests that the organism is more deadly than realized: the bacterium can produce 19 different variants of its harmful toxin.

Food-borne illness in Brisbane hits 250 at principal's conference

Brisbane - Salmonella food poisoning has left 24 people in the hospital and 250 with gastro-intestional problems after a school principal's conference last week in Brisbane, Australia. Because the illness can take up to five days to emerge, there may be more cases.

Food poisoning scare from farmers' markets

Farmers’ markets are becoming increasingly popular, providing opportunities for people to purchase fresh produce as opposed to pre-packaged supermarket fare. A study in the U.S. warns about the presence of pathogens.

Office party in Florida sickens 55 employees, hospitalizes dozens

Maitland - A holiday office party that should have been fun went horribly wrong on Wednesday after dozens of people attending the party became violently sick. Authorities say that food poisoning is the likely culprit.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Peppers recalled due to Salmonella risk

An agriculture company based in the U.S. is recalling 6, 215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers due to a potential risk of Salmonella infection.

Three guilty in Salmonella peanut butter case

Albany - A jury has convicted a former peanut company owner, and two other executives, of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from a deadly Salmonella outbreak almost six years ago.

Caesar salad recalled due to pathogen contamination

The U.S. company APPA Fine Foods is recalling approximately over 90,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Peanut & almond butter Salmonella risk

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.

Scientists find a way to block botulism poisoning

Scientists have discovered how bacterial toxins that cause food-borne botulism are absorbed through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream. The study offers insight into developing new approaches for blocking this poisonous substance.
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According to the CDC  almost 48 million people will come down with a food-borne illness this year.
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